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Avoiding Frozen Pipes

We’re now entering deep into the throes of winter, and things are starting to get cold. When we feel cold, we can just put on a jacket or coat, but your home’s pipes need some help to keep warm. Failing to keep your home’s pipes sufficiently heated, could lead to them freezing and bursting. At Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating, we’ve been called out to repair burst pipes more than once, and believe us, you don’t want to deal with them bursting. Burst pipes can cause a lot of damage, which is why you’re better off preventing them from bursting in the first place.

avoiding frozen pipes

Insulate Your Pipes

Insulating your home’s pipes is one of the best ways to prevent them from freezing. Exposed pipes are extremely susceptible to freezing, but with proper insulation, your pipes will be fine. The more insulation you wrap them in, the warmer they will be, so don’t skimp on materials when insulating your pipes.

Seal Any Leaks

Have you been feeling a draft coming from somewhere in your home? You could have an air leak somewhere. Air leaks usually form around electrical wiring and dryer vents and pipes, and can be plugged with caulk or insulation. Allowing air leaks to persist will lead to an increase in your energy bill, and could lead to your pipes freezing.

Secure Any Outdoor Hoses, Valves, and Faucets

Do you have an outdoor water hookup? If so, then come winter time, you should wrap up any outdoor hoses, and if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water out of your pipes. Failure to do so, can lead to your pipe freezing inside your house, near where your outdoor hookup is.

Get Some Help From a Professional Maryland Plumber

Have you been having issues with your home’s piping? Worried about your pipes freezing? At Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating, we’ve been helping Marylanders prevent their pipes from freezing for a long time, and plan on doing so far into the future. Get into contact with us today to learn all about our services!

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